Jim: The James Foley Story

Synopsis: In August 2014, the video execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIS exposed the world to the new face of terror. Directed by Foley's childhood friend Brian Oakes,, this powerful, gut-wrenching documentary tells Foley's tragic story through interviews with his family, friends and colleagues, while his fellow hostages reveal the chilling details of their captivity.
Director(s): Brian Oakes
Production: HBO Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations.
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111 min


I was in my office at work

and I got a call

from an international number.

I always an...

Through the last three years, when it was

an international call, I would answer it.

And it was a reporter in Dublin,

wanted a reaction for the story.

I said, "Reaction for what?"

And then they were really caught back

by that question obviously,

and they said "Uh, I'll call you back in

five minutes." And so then I went online

and saw the picture.

It's not the way you want to find out.

I never, ever imagined that it would

end in that fashion, right?

For days, that first week, I just would

constantly see that image and...

[sighs] It's been, uh...

It's been tough.

You go through those emotional swings and,

you know, why the hell did you go back,

you know that second time?

And then...

But I keep coming back

to the same answer.

Name the sports newspaper

that hit US newsstands in 1990.

- [buzzer buzzing]

- James.

- The National.

- It was.

[camera clicking]

[Man] Ladies and gentlemen, please

help me welcome, Mr. James Foley.

[audience applauding]

Thanks for that generous...

Overly generous introduction.

And I'm definitely not a hero or

noble or anything. I'm just, uh...

Trying to do my work and got

into a little bit of trouble.


I arrived in Benghazi in mid March,

and the night I arrived,

I heard nothing but bombs and gunfire.

[bombs exploding]

I wondered, "What's going on?"

Another journalist said,

"The bombs, that's gelatina,

that's how they fish."

Blow the fish up. "And the gunfire,

no, that's celebratory gunfire."

[rapid gunfire]

If Gadhafi comes to Benghazi,

are you guys prepared to fight?

[Diane] I think in some ways,

Libya was a turning point for Jim.

You know, I was starting to see his

trying to figure out

where he belonged in the world.

You know he tried the Teach for America, and then

in Chicago, he worked at the Cook County Jail.

He anguished over his teaching. He didn't

think he was a good enough teacher.

And he wanted to write and he loved

people and liked to interact,

tell people stories. So when Jim decided he

wanted to go into journalism from teaching,

at first we thought, "That would be good,

maybe that'll be a better fit, Jim."

But when he decided to do

conflict journalism...

[sighs] You know, that was

a whole different deal.

Well, he didn't exactly tell us.


He graduated from Medill, and we said

"Jim, well, what're you gonna do?"

And he said, "Well, I'm working on it."

So the next thing we knew, he was gonna go to

Iraq embedded with the Indiana National Guard.

Well, I guess I'm a conflict journalist at

this point, so that's how we found out.

[guns firing]

[Jim] It's an all out sprint, an

exhilarating and dangerous run for cover.

Got 'em.

When Jim started the journalism path, we

did have some heated discussions on...

views and the military and what not.

My views are a little bit more

conservative... [chuckles] than Jim's.

I would say a little bit more liberal.

But when he did his embed, I think,

is where we came closer together.


As soon as the shooting died down,

the platoon discovered

a body limp on the roof.

- Do they know who the guy is?

- Yes. These are the family members.

- [Jim] These are the family?

- Yeah.

[John Jr.] And he came back to my house

and he told me... He was like,

"Hey, John, I'm thinking

about going to Libya."

I'm like, "Jim, that's a horrible idea.

That is absolutely a horrible idea.

If you go over there...

no one's coming for you.

Why would you put your life in danger?

We're dropping bombs over there.

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